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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Watercolor blog hop...

So...much of my life is somewhere between Washington and California...with our big move we have packed 98% of our home and the girls and I are living  minimal and on air mattresses for the next three weeks...  So the fact that I kept out things to create with is awesome...because when I get stressed nothing makes me feel more relaxed than coloring up something fun.

When I saw this hop I knew I would pull out my small set of Prang watercolors and play along.  The image is from The Greeting Farm's Dreamy stamp set.  It is stamped in Stazon ink onto watercolor paper.  I thought it would be fun to create a torn edge card, so I folded the paper over and used water on the painbrush to tear the edge of the card to create this unique shape.

I hope you'll hop along and link up a watercolor project to this blog post here.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Coffee lovers blog hop!!!

It's time again...for more fun and coffee!!!

This time I used the Coffee House stamp set from JustRite Clear stamps.  I love this many fun images!

I stamped the images onto this wonderful paper from the Prima Life Time pattern paper pad.

Our home is packed and we're ready to move as soon as the kids are done with the school the fact that I kept these stamps out and was able to do this hop makes me so happy!!!

Be sure to stop by the blog and link up your project to this post here:

And thank you to the wonderful hop sponsors:

We have an amazing listing of Super Generous Sponsors…we are thankful for EVERYONE♡
A Creative Journey with Melissa :: Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set :: ★
A Jillian Vance Design :: $20 Gift Certificate ::
A●Muse ❘ Studio, Chris Franco :: Rule the World Stamp Set ::
Anita Autore :: Coffee themed Gift Pack ::
Blue Ridge Impressions :: Tea Time Stamp and gift pack ::
Butterfly Reflections, Ink :: $25 Gift Certificate ::
Close to my Heart, Lalia Harris :: Treats of Friendship Stamp Set ::
Create a Smile :: Coffee First Stamp Set ::
Gerda Steiner Designs :: $15 Gift Certificate ::
Hero Arts :: Ombre Sand to Chocolate Brown Ink ::
Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps :: $20 Gift Certificate ::
Latina Crafter ::$20 gift card with Coffee Wood Veneers I, II & III ::
Lil’ Inker Designs :: $25 Gift Certificate ::
Neat and Tangled :: Coffee & Crafting Mug ::
Newton’s Nook :: $15 Gift Certificate ::
Paper Sweeties :: $50 Gift Certificate ::
Pink and Main :: Latte Love – Need Coffee Stamp Sets ::★
Poppystamps :: Teapot Stack Die ::
Precious Remembrance ::Coffee Love::
SRM Stickers :: SRM Prize Package ::
Stamp Academy :: One Free Paper Crafting Class ::
Stamps and Scrapbooks :: Goodie Bag ::
STAMPlorations :: $15 Gift Certificate & 2 ARTplorations stencils ::★
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store :: Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Gift Package ::
Sweet Stamp Shop :: Coffee Boss – Cuppa Coffee – Coffee Town Stamp Sets ::
The Alley Way Stamps :: Tea Par-tea Stamp Set ::
The Ton :: $10 Gift Card ::★
Top Dog Dies ::Coffee Cup and Finishers Die Set-$50 value ::
Two Paper Divas :: $25 Gift Certificate ::
Unity Stamp Co :: $30 Gift Code & Get Together Stamp Set ::
Verve Stamps :: $30 Gift Certificate & Get Together Stamp Set ::★ (stamp set releases Friday, June 19)
Waltzingmouse Stamps :: £25GBP ($38USD) ::
Winnie & Walter :: W&W Gift Certificate ::
Your Next Stamps :: $20 Gift Certificate ::
★ signifies Super Sponsor & Flash Prize Sponsor

Happy crafting....Lynda

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Growing In Unity Blog Hop Time!!!

Welcome to the Growing In Unity blog hop!!!!   I hope you hopped along from the talented Amy's blog...if not be sure to go back to the start so you don't miss a can start the hop at Amy's blog here.  I am so excited to be a participant and share with you a project I created using the June Unity Sentiment Kit!!!

This kit features 17 stamps that are fabulous for all types of cards!!!

I decided to use one of the bold sentiments for my card.  I started by stamping it first in Memento ink onto my card base.  I then used some StazOn studio glaze and Radiant Neon Amplify! to create this background that really draws your eye to the sentiment.

Two lucky commenters from the blogs in the hop will win this awesome new stamp set!!!

So...hop along to Teresa's blog to see what amazing project she has created for you today...

Here is the full lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Happy crafting.....Lynda

Friday, May 22, 2015

Moving on...literally...

So...we are relocating from just outside Seattle, Washington back down to California.  That means I have stepped away from pretty much everything except the magazine so I have the time needed to pack this entire house, get it sold, and get ourselves all situated down in CA....  Then the fun of house hunting and whatnot begins.  Kids start school in August down we need to get there quick so we can enjoy what we'll have of our summer vacation.  We'll be renting a townhouse, so the best part is the pool in the complex! my blog kind of goes dormant for a bit know that I'll be back with more to share once we are all settled in.  Until then...keep an eye on the Scrap n' Art Online magazine for awesome ideas and projects created by ME!!!!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Red Rubber Inspirational #219

Time for a new inspirational on the Red Rubber Inspirational blog.  I chose a Thank You theme.  So...pull out your stamps and create a Give Thanks project and link it up!

I used the Floral Collage stamp set and stamped both images onto white cardstock.  I then stamped the Caring Cards 1 sentiment onto a scrap of cardstock.  Both images were colored with Copics and then backed with colored cardstock.  I then added them to the card base.

I hope you will pull out your stamps and create something for my inspirational challenge!

This will be my final creation as a member of the Red Rubber Designs creative team.  We are relocating in the next month or so, so I have to focus on getting our home ready to sell and then start over again creating a new home in our new location.

Happy crafting...Lynda

Friday, May 01, 2015

New challenge time at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog

It's time for a new challenge at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog!  Our theme is "Anything Goes" of my favorite themes!!

Our sponsor this cycle is Oak Pond Creations who has wonderful digital images that you can find in their Etsy shop here:

I received the wonderful Stargazer Lilies image to work with:

I adore these fragrant and well they were my flower in my wedding, so I was excited to color them up to match the ones that I had on that special day.

I printed the image and colored it with my Copic markers.  I really worked hard with my blender pen to make each petal a little different from the next because no flower is perfect.  I then rounded the corners on the panel and added it to my card base that is a simple pink color with a single strip of washi across the middle to coordinate the colors together.  The final step was adding this rubon sentiment from my stash.

I hope you will join our challenge this up your project to the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cute Critters challenge

Bi Weekly Challenge 12. Cute Critters

Hi all....Lynda here and the Cute Critters Challenge continues... 
This challenge is all about cute critters.  Your project should have some sort of cute critter on it.

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For my card I used the cute Fox from the stamp set and stamped him onto the pattern paper.  I then fussy cut the image out and glued the pieces onto another stamped image.  I then fussy cut the entire thing out.  I stamped the stump and flowers onto my card base.  I colored the images with my Copic makers.  I then added the sentiment to my card front.  I added the little paper strips; which are the top tabs off one of the pattern paper sheets.  I then added the fox using some foam tape.

I hope you'll pull out something with a cute critter and link up your project HERE.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop Grand Re-opening

Sweet Stamp Shop is having a Grand Re-opening...and the owner posted a freebie in a special facebook group and asked for samples made with it.  So for the Designer Showcase I opted to make this fun card.  I am a HUGE oolong tea drinker, so I adore this image...  I decided it would be cute and fun to make the image into a tag like a tea bag for my card front.  I colored my image with Copic markers that matched this pattern paper in my stash.  I then used a paper trimmer to trim the white cardstock into the teabag shape.  I then used the tiny stapler in my stash to add the hang tag; onto which I wrote "miss you".  I trimmed each word of the sentiment out and inked the edges.  I added these below the colored image using foam tape.

I think this is such a cute new stamp...  be sure to keep an eye on the store and blog for this and other cute new images!!!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Growing in Unity winners

Thank you so much to everyone that visited my blog last week.  It was so much fun being the Growing in Unity gal!!!  I totally enjoyed reading all your comments and sharing my Unity projects with you.

Now for the winners...congratulations to my two random winners....

Day 3 comment #31 ...  Karenladd

Day 4 comment #9 ... Anderyn

If you would please send me an email with your mailing address I will pass it along to the wonderful Unity folks to get your prize out to you!!  dotssecret at yahoo dot com

Be sure to keep up with who the next Growing In Unity gal is by keeping an eye on the Unity Blog next Wednesday!!!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Friday, April 03, 2015

Growing in Unity Day Five

So sad that today is my final day as the Growing in Unity Gal...  I have had so much fun this week sharing projects with you!  Thank you so much for your kind words and comments on my projects this week.  I hope you will consider following my blog if you don't already.

For my final card this week I am still using the same pattern paper pad by Fancy Pants titled Parkbench.

I decided to use this wonderful butterfly image from the SMAK kit from July 2012.  I have to say that the size of the images in this particular kit are among my favorites for cards as well as other mixed media projects!!!

For this card I started by covering my cardbase with all the leftover pattern paper scraps from my other projects from the week.  I inked the edges of the pieces to give them some depth.  I then stamped the butterfly image onto white cardstock.  Using the same Copic marker colors I've been using all week I colored the image and background.  I then mounted the image onto a scrap of black cardstock and then used foam tape to adhere it to my card base.

I love how it turned out and it really did complete the collection of cards I created for the week.

Here is an image of all the cards from my entire week together:

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you!!!  Don't forget to leave a comment on this blog post and my others as the Growing in Unity guest posts this week for your chance to win one of two 25 random stamps grab bags from Unity!  (are they awesome or what!)  Be sure to keep an eye on my blog to see if you were picked as my lucky winners!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this into:

Unity - Friends with Flair

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Red Rubber Inspirational #214 Tag Along

It's my turn to host the next Inspirational on the Red Rubber Inspirationals blog!

My theme this week is:
Inspirational #214 - Tag Along

There always seems to be a need for a tag.  To add to a bag of fresh baked cookies or attached to a loaf of fresh bread for a friend.  It is also that time of the year to start thinking about gifts for the end of the school year.  I pulled out the Floral Collage and Trendy Holiday tags set and decided to make tags that will go on these teacher gifts.  I started with two cream tag bases, stamped the floral images onto each, and the sentiment onto each.  I then colored them with my Copic markers.  I then added some fun frantage to each to give them each some texture.

both tags

I hope you'll pull out your stamps and create a tag or two for my inspirational!!!  Be sure to link up your tags to the blog post before Wednesday, April 8...on this post here.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Growing in Unity day Four

Well it's day four of my week as the Growing in Unity gal!  Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my blog posts this is so much fun to see that you are enjoying using the same papers and colors on all the projects as much as I did creating them...

As I continue to use the same pattern paper from the Fancy Pants Parkbench line and the colors...

I decided that my card today would be more of the CAS style.  And there is not a better stamp set to showcase the CAS style than the Gratitude = joy set:

I stamped the first flower from the left onto white cardstock using Memento black tuxedo ink.  I then colored the image with my Copic markers and also created the light background color.  I then stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of white cardstock and trimmed it down.  I then mounted both the main image and sentiment onto coordinating pieces of the whitewashed solid colors from the paper pad and then onto coordianting pieces of the pattern paper.

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for my final day as the Growing in Unity gal...

Oh...someone posted in the comments asking what Copic colors I am are the ones I jotted down that I used during the weeks projects:

BG000, BG10, BG15, BG72

Y11, Y17, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y32


E50, E53, E99

T0, T5

G00, G21

R83, R85

Don't forget to leave a comment on this blog post and my others as the Growing in Unity guest posts this week for your chance to win one of two 25 random stamps grab bags from Unity!  (are they awesome or what!)  Be sure to keep an eye on my blog next week to see if you were picked as my lucky winners!

Happy crafting...Lynda